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Adalbert I or Albert, Count of Vermandois

Male 915 - 987  (72 years)


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  • Name Adalbert I or Albert  
    Suffix Count of Vermandois 
    Born 915 
    Gender Male 
    Died 987 
    Notes 
    • “ADALBERT [Albert] [I], son of HERIBERT [II] Comte de Vermandois & his wife Adela [Capet] (-8 Sep 987). Flodoard names "Adalbertus filius Heriberti". Under the division of territories organised after his father's death in 943, he became Comtte de Vermandois. Comte Albert re-established the abbey of Homblières and built Mont-Saint-Quentin. When his brother Hugues was deposed as archbishop of Reims in 948, Comte Albert gave up the family's struggle with Louis IV "d'Outremer" King of France and swore allegiance to the king. He opposed the election of Hugues Capet as king of France, but eventually submitted. The Chronique de Hugues de Fleury records that "Adalbert, fils du comte Héribert" swore allegiance to King Louis IV.
      [m firstly HERESINDE, daughter of ---. According to the Histoire de Guise, Comte Albert constructed the abbey of Saint-Michel at Rochefort in 945 "d'accord avec la comtesse Hérésinde sa femme", while in 947 Hérésinde founded the nearby Benedictine convent of Bucilly. The source assumes that this refers to Albert Comte de Vermandois, but his supposed first marriage is not mentioned by Settipani. According to the introduction to the Cartulaire de l'abbaye de Bucilly, Bucilly was foundounded by "Gerberge, femme d'Albert I Comte de Vermandois" although it notes that "certains auteurs ont voulu faire remonter [sa foundation] à la libéralité de Hersinde femme d'Herbert Comte de Vermandois morte en 901". The Cartulaire reproduceces a French translation of a declaration by Barthélemy Bishop of Laon dated 1120 entitled "Privilegium de domino Elberto, Viromandensi comite" according to which the bishop declares that he has read the original charter under which "Elbert comtmte de Vermandois…et sa femme Gertrude [error for Gerberge]" founded Bucilly. Further research in the original charter documentation is needed to clarify this confusion, not the least of which is that, even if Hérésinde was not the wife of Comte Albert, no other reference has been found to her being the wife of Comte Héribert [I] (see above).]
      m [secondly] ([949/54]) GERBERGA, daughter of GISELBERT Duke of Lotharingia & his wife Gerberga of Germany ([935]-after 7 Sep 978). Settipani names her as the wife of Comte Albert, and gives her parentage, but does not cite the primary source on which this is based. A list of members of the Cathedral of Paris lists (in order) "Albertus comes, Girberga comitissa, Harbertus, Otto, Lewultus, Girbertus, Gondrada, Ricardus, Harbertus comes…", the first four individuals named apparently being Comte Albert, his wife and three sons, and the last named maybe his brother or nephew. The primary source which confirms her parentage and marriage more precisely has not yet been identified.
      Comte Albert & his [second] wife had [four] children:
      1. HERIBERT [IV] ([954]-29 Aug [993]).
      2. OTTO ([950/55]-after 2 Nov [958/59]). "Ottonem, Alberti Vermandensium comitis filium" is named in the Gesta Episcoporum Cameracensium. A list of members of the Cathedral of Paris lists (in order) "Albertus comes, Girberga comitissa, Harbertus, Otto, Lewultus, Girbertus, Gondrada, Ricardus, Harbertus comes…", the first four individuals named apparently being Comte Albert, his wife and three sons, and the last named maybe his brother or nephew. Otto is named with his parents in a ccharter of Comte Adalbert dated 2 Nov [958/59]. same person as…? OTTO (-[986/87] or after). There appears to be no direct proof that Otto, ancestor of the Comtes de Chiny, was the same person as Otto, son of Adalbert Comte de Vermandois. The Historia Monasterii Mosomense records that "Ottonem comitem" built "castellum…Warcus" (Warcq, Ardennes) in 971, and suggests his affiliation when, in a later passage, it clarifies that "superius dictus Ottho erat comes, Otthonum…Romanorum imperatorum…germanissima progenies". The editor of the MGH SS edition of the Historia identifies Otto with the son of Adalbert Comte de Vermandois and Gerberge, daughter of Emperor Otto I's sister. A subsequent passage of the Historia dates the foundation of the monastery to 24 Jul 971, implying that the events recorded earlier in the text predated this foundation. If this is correct, 971 seems early for Otto de Vermandois to have constructed Warcq in light of his estimated birth date (which appears reasonably robust). Gerbert, in a letter dated to Oct 986, records that "dux Cono pro suo Ottone insidias molitur". In the same letter, he also records that "Laudunensis episcopus" left "Dordingum" (Dourdon?) on the advice of "Ottonis et Heriberti" in support of "ducem" (which appears to refer to Hugues Capet). Settipani suggests that "Otto" in this text refers to the holder of Warcq. However, all other passages in Gerbert's letters which name "Ottonis et Heriberti" (in that order) appear to refer to Eudes I Comte de Blois and his first cousin Héribert [V] Comte de Troyes. It is unclear from the full text of this letter whether "Ottone" and "Ottonis" relate to the same person. "Dux Cono" has not been identified, although it may refer to Konrad I Duke of Swabia. If this is correct, it is possible that the first "Ottone" is a different person from the second "Ottonis" as there is no other passage which links the Blois count to the Swabian duke. Settipani states that Otto died "between 986 and 987", without specifying the basis for this speculation.
      3. LIUDOLF ([957]-before 9 Nov 986). A list of members of the Cathedral of Paris lists (in order) "Albertus comes, Girberga comitissa, Harbertus, Otto, Lewultus, Girbertus, Gondrada, Ricardus, Harbertus comes…", the first four individuals named apparently being Comte Albert, his wife and three sons, and the last named maybe his brother or nephew. Appointed Bishop of Noyon 978, consecrated 979.
      4. [ELEONORE . According to the Histoire de Guise, "Gauthier de Saint-Aubert avait épousé vers 986 une sœur du comte de Vermandois…Eleonore", the author speculating on the possibility of a relationship between Gauthier de Saint-Aubert and the later Seigneurs de Guise. No other reference has been found to this couple. m ([986]) GAUTHIER de Saint-Aubert, son of ---.”«s87» [1]
    Person ID I12622  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2021 

    Father Herbert or Heribert II, Comte de Meaux, de Soissons et de Vermandois,   b. Abt 879, Vermandois, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 943  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Mother Adela or Liégarde, of France,   b. Abt 899 
    Family ID F4338  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Heresinde 
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F5472  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Gerberga 
    Children 
    +1. Heribert III, Comte de Vermandois,   b. Abt 954,   d. 29 Aug 993  (Age ~ 39 years)
    +2. Otto, Comte d’Ivois,   b. 950/55,   d. 2 Nov 958/59  (Age 4 years)
     3. Liudolf, Bishop of Noyon
     4. Eleonore
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F4347  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S87] Foundation for Medieval Genealogy., Foundation for Medieval Genealogy Trustees.